Marianne Moore Quotes

11 November 2014

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.

11 November 2014

When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience, the temptation to blunder is minimized, but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful as appraisal of the appraiser.

11 November 2014

Egotism is usually subversive of sagacity.

11 November 2014

Poetry, that is to say the poetic, is a primal necessity.

11 November 2014

War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.

11 November 2014

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.